Legion hosting football event

COLUMBUS -- The Forty-and-Eight of the American Legion Hartman Post 84 will host a viewing of the Army-Navy football game at 2 p.m. Saturday in the lounge at the American Legion.

Prizes, raffles and fellowship will be on the agenda. Proceeds will go toward nursing scholarships. A potluck will be held, just bring a dish to share. The public is invited to attend.

Remembrance service planned

COLUMBUS -- Tabitha Hospice, McKown Funeral Home and Gass Haney Funeral Home are sponsoring a holiday remembrance service at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Columbus Community Center, 3111 19th St.

This will be a gathering to remember those who have died, honoring them with prayer, music and devotions.

For more information or to RSVP, call Tabitha at 402-362-7739.

Radio station collecting clothing

COLUMBUS -- Spirit 99.3-FM is collecting new coats, boots, hats, gloves, mittens and socks for adults and children.

Items can be brought to the Columbus Community Center, 3020 18th St., on Dec. 28. This is the second annual Warm Up Winter campaign. All items collected will be donated to local organizations for distribution in the Columbus area.

Inmate gets more prison time

LINCOLN (AP) — A prisoner who helped two other inmates escape a Lincoln prison has been given more time behind bars.

Court records say 27-year-old Brandon D. Williams was sentenced to three to four years in prison — time that will be added to the 10 to 15 years he's already serving for a robbery in Douglas County. He pleaded no contest in the escape case.

Prosecutors say that on June 10 of last year Williams helped Lincoln Correctional Center inmates Timothy Clausen and Armon Dixon hide in a laundry cart before rolling the cart into a laundry truck that was headed to another prison.

They escaped from the truck after it left the center. Dixon was caught the next day in Lincoln, and Clausen was caught five days later at an Omaha apartment.

Fischer extols NAFTA in pitch

Sen. Deb Fischer said Tuesday she made a direct pitch to President Donald Trump about the importance of the North American Free Trade Agreement to Nebraska and American agriculture during a White House meeting with a number of senators.

"During our conversation, I highlighted the significance of NAFTA to agricultural exports and related manufacturing jobs," Fischer said in a statement released following the meeting that focused on trade policy earlier in the day.

"I also stressed the need to safeguard the competitive advantage our agriculture producers and manufacturers have worked so hard to build," Fischer said.

"I had a good conversation with President Trump on the importance of trade to Nebraska and our country as a whole."

The Trump administration is renegotiating the NAFTA trade agreement with Canada and Mexico.

In May, Fischer said, she gathered support for a letter from 18 senators to U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer stressing the positive economic impact of NAFTA.

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